Getaway For Independence Day; Head For Your Favorite Eastern Ski Resort

Vermont's Billings Farm & Museum

There’s nothing like that familiar heat and humidity to dampen your holiday spirits. So, cool off at your favorite ski resort in the mountains of the Northeast and Middle Atlantic regions. Here are some suggestions.

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Adventure Parks In Northeast Gain Momentum

Seqway Offroad

Adventure is the name of the game in several Northeast ski resorts this summer. The options are many; the results are adrenalin-induced fun for the whole family. Here’s where new and expanded parks are springing up at a mountain resort near you.  

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Hot In The Cities, Cooler In The Mountains; Bookings Up

Resort at Squaw Creek

There just may be a solid connection between the summer forecast for western cities and bookings at mountain resorts: Both are hot.

 

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Cool Your City Heels Up At Bear Mountain, Snow Summit

Bear Mt. biking

The mountains near Los Angeles can turn a hot time summer in the city into a cool adventure in the forest.

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Utah’s Deer Valley To See $8 Million In Improvements; Uphill Capacity Jumps

Deer Valley

A new quad chair, dubbed the Mountaineer Express will increase the capacity on Little Baldy Mountain at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, by 1,200 skiers per hour next winter.

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Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake Inn AAA Four Diamond Streak Continues

Mirror Lake Inn

The Lake Placid, N.Y. Mirror Lake Inn and Spa kept its streak alive as management was presented with the AAA Four Diamond Award of Excellence for 28 consecutive years. 

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June Mountain Closed Indefinitely; Owners Look To 'Sustainable Future'

June Mt.

Last season, June Mountain entered its second 50 years of operation, but it appears that Year 52 won’t happen for the Sierra Nevada resort – at least for the near future.

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Ski Apache Suspends Summer Operations; Assessing Lift Damage After Fire

Ruidoso fire

You won’t reach anyone at Ski Apache, high above Ruidoso, N.M., by phone and you can't drive up the long, winding access road to see for yourself. But, you will get a cryptic message that begs for more details that are not forthcoming.

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Traverse City's Cherry Festival Among Tops In Country Says NatGeo

Traverse City

Traverse City, Mich., known for its downhill and cross country skiing during winter, is also a top summer destination. National Geographic lists it as one of the Top 10 Summer Trips for 2012.  

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What’s In A Disclaimer? Park City Mountain Resort Pass Buyers Hope ‘Nothing’

Park City Mountain Resort

A troubling dispute between Utah’s Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) and Talisker Land Holdings, LLC, owners of Canyons, has resulted in a disclaimer on PCMR season pass purchases.

 

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Werner Joins SnoCountry Ski Areas Association As Sales Representative

Rob Werner, whose career has spanned the snow sports industry, film production, cable, and new media, has been named Advertising Representative for the West and Midwest regions for SnoCountry Ski Areas Association.

Werner is an experienced sales and marketing representative with an extensive background in production and business development. He most recently served as Director of Advertising Sales for Vail Resorts’ Mountain News for its OnTheSnow website and mobile products.

 

“Rob is well-known and respected throughout the ski and snowboard industry and we are very excited he is joining the team at SnoCountry Ski Areas Association,” said SnoCountry President Tom Cottrill. “Rob’s experience will provide a significant benefit to our member resorts as they utilize our radio and television networks, Internet and email products to complement their marketing and advertising programs.”

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Crankworx Mountain Bike Freeride Fest Rolls Into Les Deux Alpes July 9-15

Crankworx France

Crankworx, one of the biggest mountain biking competitions in the world rolls into Les Deux Alpes, France July 9-15, 2012. 

 

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It’s Father’s Day In The Mountains East To West

Father's Day Catch at the Ballpark

Give Dad a treat on “his” day, June 17, at ski resorts or areas around them. Here are a number of ways to help him celebrate mountain style.

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Believe It: They’re Skiing All Summer At Timberline

Timberline Lodge

With a couple of months of off-season already in the books, there are those among us who just can’t get rid of the downhill itch. The solution is Timberline.

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73-Year-Old Otsego Club In Michigan Will Only Open For Winter If Buyer In Place

Otsego Club

Otsego Club & Resort, one of the nation’s oldest private ski clubs, will only open next winter if a buyer or operator is in place.

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Wintergreen Acquired By Greenbriar Owner; Changes In The Wind

Wintergreen

Change is in the wind at Wintergreen Resort where Jim Justice and his family-owned firm, James C. Justice Cos., Inc., is expected to close by June 30 on an acquisition of the financially troubled Virginia resort.

 

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PCSkiGal: Outside In Aspen Jumpstarts Her Summer

Aspen river rafting

Foggy head. It's either my allergies, lack of sleep, too many hours in a car or the stress of knowing it's time to get my butt in gear and get active outdoors. 

 

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Ski Industry Legend Herbert Schneider Dies At 92

Herbert Schneider

Herbert Schneider arrived with his family at Cranmore Ski Area in North Conway, N.H., in 1939 when he was 15 years old. The skiing and community legend has died of natural causes at the age of 92.

 

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Fast Exploding Wildfire Threatens Ski Apache, Ruidoso, N.M.

Ski Apache fire

UPDATE JUNE 12: Lots of progress yesterday and last night as weather (high winds) cooperated. The fire went from 0 to 30 percent contained, but firefighters warned it is still a very active dangerous fire. A direct line now surrounds Ski Apache.

What began as a small wildfire in rugged terrain just north of Ski Apache in southern New Mexico, mushroomed over the weekend into a wind-propelled blaze that threatened not only the ski area, but the popular resort community of Ruidoso.

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Colorado’s Echo Mountain On Auction Block Despite ‘Record-Breaking Season’

Echo Mt.

The story all winter out of Colorado’s Echo Mountain was about record-breaking revenues and plenty of snowfall. Now, the ski area is up for auction Aug. 2. Go figure.

 

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